How did your obsession with tattoos start?
"I went to Germany on exchange when I was 16 and tongue rings [were trendy there] at that time. I got one and came home, and my mom was like, 'That’s disgusting, get that out of your mouth.' So, we made this deal. Every woman in my family has a tattoo — even my grandma has a rose on her ankle. My mom has like four now. She said, 'I'll let you get a tattoo,' if I got rid of the tongue ring.
We went to the tattoo parlor, and I pointed to the one that I wanted: barbed wire around my bicep. My mom said no, so we kind of bargained with each other until she let me get a tramp stamp: a rose with a Celtic design around it. I don't know why she thought that would be a better idea. It grew from there — constantly making up for that back tattoo that I have."